Since its establishment in 1860, the Russian Compound in Jerusalem has undergone many makeovers and ownership changes.
To better understand half-American Winston Churchill it is best to keep in mind that foremost the World War II warlord was an opportunist. A political chameleon, he changed sides of the House more times than he changed his women’s silk knickers, which he adored. It would be difficult to find anyone outside Hitler’s Germany to heap more praise on Adolf Hitler did. Winston Churchill had no problems changing his political rhetoric as the audience and opportunity required.
Today it’s hard to believe, but until the X century, there were almost no domestic cats in Russia. In fact, the sight of the domestic cat was likely as rare as hen’s teeth.
Grand Duke Nicholas Konstantinovich of Russia (1850 – 1918) was the first-born son of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich who was the younger brother of the Russian emperor Alexander II, and Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna of Russia. He was also the grandson of Tsar Nicholas I and cousin of Tsar Alexander III.
Priceless emerald necklaces and brooches with huge sapphires that once adorned the gowns of Russian tsarinas later found new owners: American socialites and the wives of oil tycoons.
Orthodox Easter for the year 2021 is celebrated/ observed on Sunday, May 2.
Many countries around the world celebrate Orthodox Easter like Romania, Republic of Macedonia, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Russia.
A seven-year-old boy revealed to the world a rare painting of the 17th century. The portrait of the King hung in his closet.
After Liz Vella’s son Dylan urged her tp have the oortrait restored by BBC1’s hit show The Repair Shop – it was discovered it was possibly one of the earliest period paintings of King Charles II.
One of the 20th Century’s great mysteries is what happened to Imperial Russia’s gold reserves following the Wall Street-financed coup in 1917 that overthrew the Tsarist government. This coup is known wrongly as the Russian Revolution. At the outbreak of World War One the gold reserves of Imperial Russia were by far the largest in the world. Leaving aside Russia’s priceless arts likewise looted and sent abroad the gold in Russia’s vaults weighed 1,311 tonnes. At today’s value the stolen bullion’s value is $60 billion. Gold reserves that fell into the hands of the Bolsheviks totalled considerably more at 1.101 million rubles. After signing the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, German bankers asked Lenin to hand over part of Russian gold. Such is the sensitivity surrounding the Russian gold reserve’s eventual destination that there is virtually no mention of its fate in the English language.
49-year-old British mechanic Kevin Duckett enjoys treasure hunting in his spare time. Some time ago, he went on another walk with a metal detector in a field near Market Harborough, Northhamptonshire.
It was the last waltz for Europe and the last dance for humanity. Had one of Europe’s oldest, most successful and popular royal houses not been destroyed and consumed by New York-based banking houses the world would likely have been a far better place today.